Saturday, May 12, 2007

Our lives are in fact being lived for us rather than
by us as we seem to think. All our experience,
if carefully analyzed, would clearly show that
volition is really not a significant factor in our lives.
Only the most minute fraction of our total physical
and mental functioning even appears to be subject
to volition. Did you exercise volition when you were
conceived? And when the conceived material grew
in the mother's womb? How long can you live without
sleep,without food or water? How long can you go
without the excretory movements of the body? How
do you breathe and digest your food? Do you have
the absolute certainty of remaining alive for even the
next five minutes on the strength of your own volition?
Ramesh S. Balsekar

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